Broaden - The John Brown University Undergraduate Journal

Selection Process

Submissions that are published in Broaden go through three levels of editorial review. They are evaluated by primary editors, secondary editors, and professors. At each level of review, the reviewer can choose to keep the submission or reject it.

Primary editors have some level of expertise in the discipline of works that they evaluate. Usually, they will major or minor in the area of works that they evaluate. Each member of the editorial board serves as a primary editor in one or more areas and as a secondary editor in one or more other areas.

Secondary editors do not necessarily have the same level of expertise in disciplines that they evaluate, but they provide a second opinion on submissions. Submissions are not evaluated by secondary editors unless they receive approval for publication by their primary editors.

If a submission gets approval from a primary and a secondary editor, the primary editor consults with a professor in the discipline (preferably the submission's sponsor). All submissions are sponsored by a faculty member at the start of the process, but once the best projects have made it through the first two levels of review, the editorial board solicits faculty insight on possible revisions. At this stage, editors may also seek input from professors about which submissions should be published if the decision is difficult.

When the editorial board finalizes its list of submissions to be published, it returns those submissions to their authors with a request for any necessary revisions. The authors then have two weeks (during the last month of the semester) to make their revisions and re-submit their work.